Triumphant homecoming for Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins celebrates his Tour de France win with team mate Chris Froome, left, who came second, and third-placed rider Vincenzo Nibali

Bradley Wiggins celebrates his Tour de France win with team mate Chris Froome, left, who came second, and third-placed rider Vincenzo Nibali

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A triumphant Bradley Wiggins is home and predicted to have some time off with his family and allow the realisation to sink in - that he has become the first British man to win the Tour de France.

But the country's new favourite cyclist will not be sliding out of the saddle and into the armchair just yet. Wiggins is thought to be planning a ride on his local Lancashire roads and must later join his fellow cyclists in preparing for the Olympic road race this weekend.

The 32-year-old made history on Sunday when he crossed the finish line on Paris's Champs-Elysees, telling reporters: "Job done".

Wiggins and his wife wife Cath were seen leaving their home in Eccleston, Lancashire, earlier. The Tour de France winner, wearing sunglasses and a black T-shirt, drove off in a Mercedes people carrier without speaking to waiting journalists.

David Cameron led congratulations, describing his victory as an "immense feat of physical and mental ability".

Wiggins' victory propels him into the league of Britain's greatest sportsmen, with calls for him to be knighted. He is already the bearer of six Olympic medals, three of them gold.

Wiggins punched his arms in the air and clapped as he crossed the finish line. The final stage was the 13th consecutive day that he had worn the race leader's yellow jersey in the 99th edition of the gruelling 20 stage, 3,497 kilometre (2,173-mile) race.

He completed the day three minutes and 21 seconds ahead of Team Sky colleague Chris Froome, who became only the second Briton to take the podium in the history of the event. Their team-mate and fellow Brit Mark Cavendish won the final stage of the race into Paris after powering to the front in his rainbow jersey 400 metres from the line.

Minutes after winning the race, Wiggins said: "I don't know what to say really that I haven't already said. I've had 24 hours for it to sort of soak in. Today we were just on a mission to finish the job off with Cav, so job done really." He later waved to fans as he stepped up on to the podium to collect his trophy.

Mr Cameron said: "I'm like everyone in the country - absolutely delighted. Bradley Wiggins has scaled one of the great heights of British sporting achievement, to be the first person in 109 years to win the Tour de France is an immense feat of physical and mental ability and aptitude and I think the whole country wants to say well done, brilliant - the perfect backdrop and start to the Olympics."

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